My Month on the AIP Diet

If you live with a chronic disease, you’ve been told some variation of “you can cure your disease if you eat this or don’t eat this”. I’ve been told to eat ginger, turmeric, be vegan, go paleo, cut dairy, cut nightshades.

The list goes on, and I’m generally skeptical of these suggestions. But there’s nothing like mounting symptoms to get you to try anything.

So last fall, I decided to embrace the Autoimmune Protocol completely for 30 days and slowly add in foods. To help, I bought

The diet is strict – essentially having you cut anything that could trigger a reaction, reset your gut, and add foods back one by one.

Here’s the guide I followed, created by Mickey Trescott:



After a month of following the diet, and a few months adding foods back in, here’s what I learned:

  • Life is just not the same without coffee and wine. 😉 Seriously, I don’t care if my symptoms flare a bit, these “food groups” have been added back and are staying.
  • The diet makes eating out nearly impossible. For me, this was difficult as I eat out a lot. Being forced to cook so much was a learning curve, but I’m now a much better cook!
  • I now know how to cook all sorts of meats. Before this diet, my kitchen was essentially vegetarian because I didn’t like cooking meat. Now I cook it weekly.
  • Nightshade vegetables DO cause achy joints for me the next day, particularly tomatoes and peppers.
  • My gut feels better with WAY fewer grains in my diet. Though I’m currently not gluten free, I generally now stick to rice and corn if I’m eating grains.
  • I have continued to eat more vegetables, meat, fermented foods and kombucha and feeling better for it. Most mornings, I still make myself a green smoothie to start the day.

I’m not about to tell you this diet will cure you. I’m feeling better, but I think that’s largely due to a change in medication (switching from Enbrel to Cimzia). Adding the “light” version of this diet I’ve landed on to my lifestyle keeps me healthy and makes me feel good. I recommend testing it for yourself and would love to hear if you have experience with this diet in the comments!


  1. #1 by Carla Kienast on March 28, 2018 - 10:33 pm

    I am all for anything that makes you feel better — and makes life better (like coffee and wine). So glad you’ve found something that is bringing you benefits!

  2. #2 by Cammy Goldmann on April 4, 2018 - 6:16 pm

    I just want you to know that I REALLY APPRECIATE your emails!!! I am in the same mode currently. This disease can make you feel so isolated and kind of feeling sorry for yourself! The old “no one can understand how I feel unless they suffer from RA” feels so true to me too often. So please know that like you I’m trying everything and haven’t gotten great benefits from anything! Enbrel worked for 4 years then just stopped, then tried Cosentyx, Humira and now omg I can’t remember what I’m on….Brain Fog! Anyway this week is my second dose. I’ve been on prednisone for 3 months as my inflammation is thru the roof along with 8 methotrexate! So keep your emails coming because I sure appreciate them.
    Cammy Goldmann

    • #3 by My RAD Life on September 27, 2018 - 3:06 am

      Cammy, I hope things are going better for you!

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